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Giro d'Italia 2012

Date range:
May 5-27, 2012
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.7km
      Location
      Herning (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Herning
      End location:
      Herning
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Horsens
    • Rest day 1

      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Verona
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      32.2km
      Location
      Verona (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Modena
      End location:
      Fano
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207km
      Start location:
      Urbino
      End location:
      Porto Sant'Elpidio
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Recanati
      End location:
      Rocca di Cambio
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      229km
      Start location:
      Sulmona
      End location:
      Lago Laceno
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      San Giorgio nel Sannio
      End location:
      Frosinone
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Civitavecchia
      End location:
      Assisi
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      243km
      Start location:
      Assisi
      End location:
      Montecatini Terme
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Seravezza
      End location:
      Sestri Levante
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      121km
      Start location:
      Savona
      End location:
      Cervere
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Cherasco
      End location:
      Cervinia
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Busto Arsizio
      End location:
      Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      Lecco
      End location:
      Limone sul Garda
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Limone sul Garda
      End location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
      End location:
      Cortina d'Ampezzo
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      San Vito di Cadore
      End location:
      Vedelago
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Treviso
      End location:
      Alpe di Pampeago
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Caldes/Val di Sole
      End location:
      Passo dello Stelvio
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      31.5km
      Location
      Milan (ITT)
  • Race history

May 16, Stage 11: Assisi - Montecatini Terme 243km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Mark Robinson

Welcome to our live coverage of stage 11 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia. At 243km, today's stage is the longest of the entire race, so stay with us for the next six hours or so to see who prevails at the finish at Montecatini-Terme. Also, will Joaquim Rodriguez hang on to the pink jersey?

  1. 10:55:10 BST

    Today's stage is long and relatively flat, and likely to suit the sprinters. But don't take my word for it - check out this video, where Daniel Lloyd and Dario Cioni offer a fascinating insight.

  2. 10:56:56 BST

    Bright sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the riders this morning at the start in the town of Assisi - scene of one of the most intense finales of 2012 yesterday, when Joaquim Rodriguez powered up the final climb to take stage 10 and pink.

  3. 11:00:21 BST

    Before we join the action, here's the top 10 in the general classification this morning. With the top six all within a minute of each other, there's so much still to play for as we reach the halfway point:

    1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 40:27:34
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:17
    3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
    4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
    5 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
    6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57
    7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:02
    8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:03
    9 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:09
    10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:01:10
     

  4. 220km remaining from 243km

    11:04:12 BST

    We have a group of six who have broken clear in the race's early stages.

  5. 11:04:31 BST

    Breakaway group: Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Adrian Saez (Euskaltel), Simone Ponzi (Astana), Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil-DCM), Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank) and Mickaël Delage (FDJ-BigMat). They have a gap of just over four minutes on the chasing pack.

  6. 11:22:28 BST

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) in pink

    Rodriguez was smiling broadly yesterday as he pulled on the pink jersey. His win gave him a full house of grand tour stage wins. Can he hang on today?

  7. 11:26:32 BST

    Today's only categorized climb comes after 156km at Poggio alla Croce. It's a category 3 and peaks at 502m.

  8. 11:31:47 BST

    Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEdge) in the red jersey for leading the points classification

    Orica-GreenEdge's Matthew Goss is leading the overall points standings and is in possession of the red jersey. He's only three points ahead of his big rival Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) and with today's stage suiting the sprinters all eyes will be on the pair.

    Red Jersey Top Five:

    1 Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 65 pts
    2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 62pts
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 55pts
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 49 pts
    5 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 36 pts

  9. 200km remaining from 243km

    11:36:02 BST

    With 200km left the gap is remaining steady at around the 4:30 mark.

  10. 11:40:25 BST

    Bartali leads Valetti at the 1939 Giro

    This stage is dedicated to the legendary Gino Bartali, who is pictured here leading the 1933 Giro as a teenager. He went on to win the race three times and was born close to the finish of today's stage in Montecatini Terme.

  11. 11:45:59 BST

    This breakaway group are something of a mixed bunch. Saez, Delage, Boaro and Denifl are all still looking for their first pro wins. Ponzi won twice last year, while Kaisen, who is racing in his fourth consecutive Giro, is arguably the most well known.

  12. 11:48:52 BST

    I mentioned Matthew Goss earlier, who is leading the points classification. On Monday he suffered a heavy crash in the finale to stage nine, and he spoke to Cyclingnews about it this morning. He also weighed up the potential risks of a spill in today's stage - read what he had to say right here.

  13. 11:51:36 BST

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    Hearing that Tom Leezer (Rabobank) has withdrawn from the race. Means the Dutch team are now down to seven riders following Dennis van Winden's withdrawal last week.

  14. 190km remaining from 243km

    11:52:26 BST

    The gap is creeping up towards the five minute mark.

  15. 12:00:43 BST

    There's lots of excitement in the Bath office of Cyclingnews as we hear that the 2012 Olympic torch is heading this way next Tuesday (22 May)...

  16. 175km remaining from 243km

    12:02:58 BST

    • Feed

    The leaders are at the first feeding zone and as a result the gap has closed down to under three minutes.

  17. 12:10:30 BST

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Liquigas rider Peter Sagan is dominating the Amgen Tour of California. Yesterday he made it three stages out of three. Read all about it here

  18. 12:16:13 BST

    And the leading group is down to five after Ponzi is caught up by the peloton.

  19. 12:26:41 BST

    Here at Cyclingnews, we couldn't live without Skype as a tool to co-ordinate our journalists all over the world. Our coverage of the world's greatest sport wouldn't be as brilliant as it is without it...

    We're pretty sure Saxo Bank's Luke Roberts loves it just as much now. Read how he used Skype to witness the birth of his new baby girl before yesterday's 10th stage. It sure beats Morse code.

  20. 160km remaining from 243km

    12:30:15 BST

    The leading quintet have pushed the gap back up to the three minute mark now as they approach the beautiful Tuscan city of Arrezo.

  21. 12:34:25 BST

    • Red Jersey

    We're now approaching the first intermediate sprint. With only five on the breakaway, watch out for either Cavendish or Goss, who will no doubt try to power to the front of the peloton to claim the remaining point for sixth spot.

  22. 12:40:38 BST

    Mario Cipollini visited the Tour de France on Wednesday

    Let's take a minute to remember the last time the Giro visited the site of today's finish, Montecatini Terme. It was 2003, and local hero Mario Cipollini won in the rainbow jersey, making it a record 42 stage wins at his beloved Giro. Despite all his achievements, that day must surely rank as one of the most memorable in the charismatic Italian's glittering career.

  23. 12:50:56 BST

    Cadel Evans with the 2012 Tour de France route.

    Could the Tour de France be heading back to Britain? It's been confirmed today that Scotland is bidding to host the start for the first time, in 2017. Read more about it here

  24. 12:51:24 BST

    Cadel Evans with the 2012 Tour de France route.

    Could the Tour de France be heading back to Britain? It's been confirmed today that Scotland is bidding to host the start for the first time, in 2017. Read more about it here

  25. 12:51:30 BST

    Cadel Evans with the 2012 Tour de France route.

    Could the Tour de France be heading back to Britain? It's been confirmed today that Scotland is bidding to host the start for the first time, in 2017. Read more about it here

  26. 140km remaining from 243km

    12:53:56 BST

    Kaisen takes the first immediate sprint for Lotto Belisol. Waiting on confirmation of the minor placings.

  27. 13:03:27 BST

    Still waiting for exact confirmation of the sprint placings. Gap is up to 4:06.

  28. 13:08:51 BST

    We're now past the halfway mark of the Giro. But what have we learned from it up to now? Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson lists his 10 conclusions from the race so far here.

  29. 13:16:16 BST

    We're still not quite at the halfway point of the stage and the riders have been going for over three hours. They're obviously preserving their energies with plenty of road still in front of them as the average speed for the third hour was just under 37km/h.

  30. 13:27:46 BST

    There was some big news from France this morning, with L'Equipe reporting that Sebastien Turgot could be facing a two-year ban for missing whereabouts tests. Europcar team manger Jean-Rene Bernaudeau has branded him an "idiot". Read more here.

  31. 130km remaining from 243km

    13:28:51 BST

    Main peloton seems to have woken up again. The gap has come back down to 2:45.

  32. 13:46:11 BST

    • Pink Jersey

    Not too much change at the moment as the riders edge towards the Poggio alla Croce  climb. Whether it is tough enough to break things up significantly and lastingly is doubtful. Katusha are attempting, fairly successfully at this point, to control things at the front of the chasing peloton for race leader Rodriguez.

  33. 110km remaining from 243km

    13:55:01 BST

    With a lead of 3:25, the five leaders have started the climb. Let's see where the gap is when the main peloton sorts itself out

  34. 13:59:07 BST

    The fast final kilometre of today's stage contains three corners, including the last one at 400m. With the race drawing a few negative headlines so far for some finale crashes, the race organisers will be hoping the finish passes without incident.

  35. 14:00:25 BST

    Before we get to that point there's an 8% climb from the 10km mark. The sprinters and their teams will need to keep themselves in a good position here and ensure they don't get dropped too far back.

  36. 14:03:34 BST

    I'm signing off for a few minutes now. Leaving you in the capable hands of Susan for the next few kms...

  37. 14:05:01 BST

    Susan here.  We decided to release Mark from his chains to go get some food and fresh air...

  38. 14:06:01 BST

    The sun is shining on the race today and it looks like a lovely day. 

  39. 103km remaining from 243km

    14:07:18 BST

    The gap is currently at 2:17. The peloton is not letting this group get too far away. At the head of the chasing field we see a Rabobank and a Sky rider.

  40. 14:09:14 BST

    Everyone is starting up the first climb of the day, the Poggio alla Croce, which is ranked category 3.

    Kaisen leads the break group up.

  41. 14:11:07 BST

    The gap is under two minutes as the leaders pass under the banner at the top of the climb. Kaisen took the points ahead of Delage and Denifl.

  42. 14:13:17 BST

    Lots of florescent green at the head of the peloton now, who else but Liguigas?

  43. 14:16:49 BST

    Denifl gets a drink bottle from the team car.

  44. 14:17:46 BST

    Mark Cavendish is still safety tucked in the peloton, rather near the front actually.  So that climb wasn't enough to dump him.

  45. 92.6km remaining from 243km

    14:21:32 BST

    Boaro and Denifl have a snack.  92.6km to go.

  46. 90km remaining from 243km

    14:28:40 BST

    The gap has now gone up slightly, to 2:15.  It hovered right around two minutes for a long time.

  47. 14:32:13 BST

    Tom Jette Slagter put on a good show in yesterday's stage. He looks to have a good future. Might he really be the next Joaquim Rodriguez?

  48. 83km remaining from 243km

    14:34:58 BST

    And the gap continues to creep up, and is now at three minutes again. No worry, though, there is still a long way to go.

  49. 14:41:05 BST

    The riders are really not in a hurry today. Ok, it's nice to be able to take it a little easier, but they are making a long day even longer.

  50. 14:42:09 BST

    Ah, Mark has decided to come back after all. Here's handing off to him, to bring everyone safe and sound to the finish line.

  51. 14:47:51 BST

    Thanks Susan. 79km to go and we've just passed through the 5 hour mark. As Susan said, the riders are taking things steadily but it's been over a week since they had a rest day and let's not forget they spent a chunk of that travelling.

  52. 14:53:20 BST

    Lampre-ISD's Daniele Righi takes some time to acknowledge some of his adoring fans. Plenty of high fives on offer there.

  53. 14:57:03 BST

    The likes of Scarponi and Basso will be choming at the bit to get this stage over and move closer to the final week in the mountains where pain and glory will be decided. In their eyes, we're still on the hors d'oeuvre.

  54. 14:57:16 BST

    The likes of Scarponi and Basso will be chomping at the bit to get this stage over and move closer to the final week in the mountains where pain and glory will be decided. In their eyes, we're still on the hors d'oeuvre.

  55. 15:00:43 BST

    • Colnago - CSF Inox's 2012 Jersey

    But Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago) won stage eight and can't be discounted as the going gets steeper if the wind stays down. Team Sky's Bernhard Eisel certainly agrees with that, as he told Cyclingnews in this exclusive video yesterday.

  56. 70km remaining from 243km

    15:01:54 BST

    70km to go and the peloton are 1:50 down.

  57. 15:03:17 BST

    The peloton are now entering Chianti country. I wonder if Hannibal Lecter is watching? He was always partial to a drop of that.

  58. 63km remaining from 243km

    15:11:41 BST

    • Feed

    And the gap falls below one minute for the first time. Peloton starting to really move as they approach the next feed zone. A few fans getting a bit too close for comfort.

  59. 15:17:53 BST

    This breakaway group have been clear for the best part of 150km now. On a flat stage like this with no wind, there's little respite. They must be starting to feel the pinch but the gap is remaining constant. How much do they have left?

  60. 15:22:52 BST

    Let's go back to the USA for a minute. 2012's big story so far has been the resurgence of Tom Boonen. He's currently racing at the Tour of California, where he told us about where he'll be preparing for the Olympics. It might not be where you expect - find out by watching our exclusive video interview here

  61. 15:29:56 BST

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) has yet to show his hand.

    Just heard an interview with Lampre-ISD sporting director Maurizio Piovani. He was critical of both yesterday's stage 10 course, which he described as "dangerous", and of the form there of team co-leader Damiano Cunego (above), who he said "should have done better". The 2004 Giro winner finished 22nd and lies 15th overall, 97 seconds behind Rodriguez. Harsh?

  62. 47km remaining from 243km

    15:32:32 BST

    Gap stands at 53 seconds. NetApp have moved to the front of the peloton.

  63. 15:36:52 BST

    • Rainbow Jersey

    An interesting quote in this month's Esquire magazine from Mark Cavendish. "There's a tier of sprinters and I'm ahead of them. They can all fight among each other, but I'll still continue to dominate them." Will he be forced to eat his words, at least temporarily, this afternoon?

  64. 40km remaining from 243km

    15:45:02 BST

    Gap closing down fast now. Around 20 seconds now. Jeremy Hunt (Sky) to contuing to work hard at the front of the chasing pack for Cavendish.

  65. 15:47:27 BST

    Just passed the six hour mark. The sheer size of the peloton could be a big factor in the finale here. Positioning will be crucial to cover both eventualities - a potentially decisive attack or the more likely sprint finish. And we shouldn't forget the three bends in the final kilometre.

  66. 30km remaining from 243km

    15:56:56 BST

    Peloton are now in sight of the leaders. Just ten seconds behind them and this finale could be quite hair-raising.

  67. 15:57:54 BST

    And Boaro attacks. Saez sets off after him but the other three leaders have been dropped.

  68. 15:59:14 BST

    Boaro using his time trial skills here. Saez unable to match him. Impressive burst from the Italian after such a long ride so far.

  69. 16:02:20 BST

    • Attack

    Boaro already has 29 seconds on Saez and over a minute on the peloton. He's been a regular podium finisher in the Italian national time trial championships at junior, U23 and senior levels.

  70. 20km remaining from 243km

    16:11:32 BST

    Boaro is being pegged back now, and it's hardly a surprise. Saez has been swallowed up by the peloton as the final hill and exciting finale approaches.

  71. 17km remaining from 243km

    16:14:17 BST

    The final loop starts at the 14.4km point, in the next few minutes. The final climb is hugely steep, but lasts 3km so its difficulty can't be discounted especially after 230km raced. Ominously Cavendish knows the hill well, as he has a house close by.

  72. 16:16:33 BST

    Boaro passes the finish line for the first time, heading out on the final circuit. He is nine seconds ahead

  73. 16:17:22 BST

    Pretty tight for a few moments there. Going to be a tricky finish here. Movistar leading the pack through and onto the final circuit.

  74. 16:18:38 BST

    And we're about to start the final climb. This is the most crucial section of the race. Will the peloton be fragmented? Boaro has come back to the pack and his brave time at the front is over.

  75. 16:20:49 BST

    Dennis Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) makes the first move up the climb. Back in the pack, Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) briefly hits the deck.

  76. 16:24:04 BST

    • Movistar Team's 2012 Jersey

    His move doesn't last long and he is swallowed up. Five Liquigas riders briefly move to the front before Visconti attacks for Movistar.

  77. 16:26:37 BST

    Three riders have gone with Visconti as they go over the top of the climb. But in their slipstreams are Kreuziger and Scarponi. Liquigas are frantically trying to close the gap for Basso.

  78. 7km remaining from 243km

    16:28:45 BST

    The pack close up on the front six. We're in for a topsy-turvy couple few kilometres until the likely bunch sprint. Cavendish and Renshaw are well positioned with 7km to go, but Goss is much further behind.

  79. 5km remaining from 243km

    16:30:53 BST

    Sky really controlling things here as we enter the last 5km. Goss is definitely nowhere to be seen at the front end.

  80. 16:34:53 BST

    And once again a final corner crash with 400m to go causes mayhem

  81. 16:35:41 BST

    • Androni Giocattoli's 2012 Jersey

    Roberto Ferrari emerges unscathed and wins the stage

  82. 16:37:41 BST

    1 Ferrari 2 Cicchi 3 Vaitkus 4 Cavendish

  83. 16:38:44 BST

    Cavendish was definitely impeded slightly but Ferrari produced a great burst of speed and pulled away from the Briton in the final 200m.

  84. 16:40:57 BST

    Redmeption of sorts for Ferrari, who caused a horrific pile up at the end of stage three and has been portrayed as a villain in the eyes of some of the media and the peloton.

  85. 16:42:04 BST

    • Pink Jersey

    Joaquim Rodriguez will easily hang on to his overall lead. Full top tens for stage and GC to follow soon...

  86. 16:46:53 BST

    • Crash

    The race organisers are sure to be fielding plenty of questions about safety after yet another crash-marred finale.

  87. 16:57:49 BST

    • Finish

    Still waiting on complete confirmed top tens, but here's the top five for stage and also GC:

    Stage 11

    1 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 6:49:05
    2 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
    3 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
    4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling
    5 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale

    GC after stage 11

    1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:17
    3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
    4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
    5 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team

  88. 17:00:20 BST

    Full results, report, reaction and photos will filter through right here, and we'll have all the big post-race stories and interviews over the next few hours from our dedicated team in Italy. Drama again - is it ever any different at the Giro?

  89. 17:15:23 BST

    And that's it for our live coverage today. I'll be returning tomorrow for more, so join us for stage 12. It's 100km shorter than today but relentlessly undulating. With still four stages to go until the next rest day, the riders are being pushed to their limits. Bye for now.